Was Karl Rove actually fired by Fox News?
As many headlines are saying, he’s been benched… For now.
He’s not off the team, just sitting this one out.
It’s not all that surprising. He was pretty much humiliated on election night after falsely claiming that his candidate, Mitt Romney, still had a chance to win the Presidential election.
Not only was he wrong about that, he had publicly criticized Fox News for conceding the election too early.
Aside from his gaffes, the election is done and Rove is naturally going to be less important to the network as the news shifts to other topics.
So why did Twitter explode last night with the news?
I suspect for many liberals, it’s a sense of Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead! The man whom we imagine as the mastermind behind the George W. Bush puppet presidency, the man whose shadowy power seemed to go completely unchecked, is finally (possibly) getting some due karma.
For more than a few conservatives, there’s probably a sense of relief too. He’s just another bloated, rich white guy who is completely out of touch with the rest of America, and cares more about being powerful than about doing what’s right for the country. The forward-looking Republicans know that for the party to come back into power, candidates need to be more approachable, relatable, and show that they truly understand the struggles of working Americans.
But in reality, Karl Rove will probably appear on Fox News again, and probably soon. He’ss a Washington insider, and a good TV personality: blustery, inflammatory, polarizing… If Fox News were smart, they’d give him a reality show.
For more on Karl Rove, be sure to read Greg Olear’s examination of the Anonymous/Karl Rove Election-Fixing Conspiracy Theory.